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The History Manifesto

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How should historians speak truth to power - and why does it matter? Why is five hundred years better than five months or five years as a planning horizon? And why is history - especially long-term history - so essential to understanding the multiple pasts which gave rise to our conflicted present? The History Manifesto is a call to arms to historians and everyone interest ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 12th 2014 by Cambridge University Press
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Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historiography
The History Manifesto was published in October 2014 and immediately provoked an avalanche of positive and negative reactions. Mission accomplished for Guldi and Armitage, because with a manifesto you want to provoke some reaction and they did indeed. What follows is not a review, but a brief summary (below I’ll explain why).

Guldi and Armitage argue for making the historical métier relevant again (and by that they mean mainly the organized, academic historical research). According to them, histor
Sense of  History
Looking at the avalanche of reactions on this Manifesto Guldi and Armitage surely succeeded in drawing attention to their message. And reading the manifest I guess any one immediately will have both positive and negative comments. To me – I’m an amateur-historian, not an academic one – the feelings were very mixed and even contradictory.

1. There’s nothing against historians "going public" and trying to get the ear of policy makers at all levels; on the contrary, historians and social scientists
Joseph Stieb
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I sympathized with the main arguments of this book but didn't find it terribly coherent, persuasive, or revelatory. The book features a series of arguments that add up to a guide for modern historians on how and why to engage in public debates about issues like climate change, inequality, and governance. They start by arguing that much of early-mid 20th century history was shaped by Braudel-style longue duree history that investigated macro-trends through wide-angle lenses. This fell out of fash ...more
Antonio Gallo
Pubblicato in open access nel 2014 dagli storici statunitensi David Armitage e Jo Guldi, The History Manifesto ha innescato un intenso dibattito internazionale, a dimostrazione dell’importanza cruciale del tema affrontato: quale ruolo pubblico ha la storia nel mondo contemporaneo? La disciplina può ancora essere rilevante nella formazione delle classi dirigenti? Gli storici hanno qualche possibilità di scuotere “le tranquille certezze dei cittadini, dei responsabili politici e dei potenti”? Per ...more
Neville Buch

In one line, and from my own interest, the book argues the main point that “historians can be guardians against parochial perspectives and endemic short-termism.” [p. 125] Armitage & Guldi opening gambit is [p. 13]:

“History’s power to liberate, we argue, ultimately lies in explaining where things came from, tacking between big processes and small events to see the whole picture, and reducing a lot of information to a small and shareable version. We recommend these methods to a society plague
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Modeled in form upon The Communist Manifesto, this is a clever attempt to call historians as a professional class back to public and academic relevancy, or rather back to their erstwhile preeminence as arbiters of public perception and political advisement. I wholeheartedly agree with the goals and premises of the book for one simple reason: Our present is entirely a product of our past.

This treatise explores the division between micro- and macro-history and gives a history of their respective
Charles Gonzalez
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I just finished this, and have to think about my review . The book was both infuriating and thought provoking at the same time. I found myself agreeing with, engaged and excited about the author's points while later wondering what the hell they were talking about. As I have also just finished "Hamilton's Republic" I found myself comparing the two, the lessons available thru the study of history. A fuller review requires some thought and clarity about how I really feel, though I gave it 4 stars j ...more
Ben McFarland
Dec 21, 2018 rated it liked it
A lot more academics call for better public engagement and more creative academic thinking than actually do better public engagement and more creative academic thinking. The History Manifesto practices what it preaches. As an academic (far) outside the field of history, I was able to digest this short book easily and to grasp the authors' description of the movements of thought in the field -- the history of history.

They argue that in the latter half of the 20th century, long-term history gave
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: saggi-vari, my-books
Pamphlettistico invito agli storici di riprendersi il ruolo di consiglieri della vita pubblica che economisti e altri esperti del breve-termine hanno soffiato loro negli ultimi decenni. E' dunque un libro per specialisti, comunque fruibile anche da chi non lo è ma si diletta con la Storia. Condivisibili le sprezzanti critiche verso gli economisti o, almeno, verso la gran parte di loro.
Sander Philipse
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
With an overly simplistic view of and distinction between longue duree and what they call short-term history, Jo Guldi and David Armitage argue that long-term history is the main or perhaps only way to provide public historical engagement. Their thesis and argumentation are unconvincing, and mostly just boring.
Edward Sullivan
The authors call historians to return to public and academic relevancy, as arbiters of public perception and political advisement. This treatise explores the division between micro- and macro-history and gives a history of their respective historiographies.
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
книга непроста і розрахована на проофесіоналів, що намагаються бути в курсі світових змін в гуманітраних науках і зокрема в історії. Книга дуже дискусійна проте, вона чудова бо є дуже свіжою і сміливою з точки зору новизни авторської думки.
A convincing argument on the importance of longue durée history and the need for historians to engage with the public.
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: grad-school
An interesting overview of the role that history (as a discipline) plays, with special attention to emerging trends of big data and deep history analysis, but overall very repetitive.
Kristen Cray
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Human history is NOT confined to span of decades or centuries.
Atul Sabnis
Generally a good read, if you don’t mind the academic style. The theme is compelling, for sure, however, the book is too broad-based for my liking. Perhaps that’s the message of the book, come to think of it.

I can’t say I thoroughly enjoyed the book, yet I cannot say I disliked it either.

As an amateur history enthusiast, there are many parts of the book that fail to leave an impression. Also, the repeated references to climate change were uninteresting.

In fact, if you do not want to go through t
Short volume of historiography. Authors decry the change in history writing from 1970 to 2000 moreorless from long term history to shorter time frames and more specific topics. There is some indication this change took place because of a vast expansion in the number of Phds awarded and not enough jobs to take them on; historians felt forced to make their mark working on more and more specific fields of inquiry. They chart how historians have been replaced in the world of politics by economists. ...more
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
A curious catenation of three distinct arguments. First, that historians should write histories that take a longer view than the typically "lifetime" span that has dominated professional history for the last forty years. Second, that Big Data -- that is, the analysis of large quantitative data sets -- is providing a new platform for doing history, and that historiographical methods need to be revised to integrate these data sets. And third, that these two trends, somehow together, will make hist ...more
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Uzun dönem tarihçiliğin bir dönem kaybettiği önemi Ve mikro tarihçiliği anlatan, son dönem Braudel'in Longue duree diye tanımladığı uzun dönemciliğin geri geldiğini ama bunun big data bazlı karşılaştırmalar Ve incelemeler ile desteklenmesi gerektiğini , tarihin geleceği tarifleyebilmek için gerekliliğini güzel anlatan bir kitap. Okuyunca son dönem homo sapiens benzeri kitapların popülerleşmesinin nedenini anlamak mümkün. Beşeri bilimler ve tarih için kullanılan data analiz araçlarından verdiği ö ...more
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Heavy academic read. Interesting premise. Forget those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it. It's those who fail to look at the long term are doomed to miss the signs. It struck chords with my fear that the immediacy of our tech advances have cost society, but it was the additional pieces that the authors included that I hadn't considered as implications. Food for thought.
Simon Purdue
Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it
While the writing is hyperbolic and unnecessarily polemical, the authors do have a solid core thesis and get it across very effectively. There's no missing their point, which as a reader I appreciate.
Jackie Jacobsen-Côté
Some really interesting ideas about what the history field should be doing, and arguing for a much more long-term perspective.
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: school-stuff
Interesting argument claiming history (long duration history) is a key to understanding modern issues.
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David Armitage is a British historian known for his writings on international and intellectual history. He is chair of the history department and Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University.
“The sword of history has two edges, one that cuts open new possibilities in the future, and one that cuts through the noise, contradictions, and lies of the past.” 1 likes
“A spectre is haunting our time: the spectre of the short term.” 1 likes
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